KALE BETTER IN THE OPEN THAN UNDER A CLOCHE – FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY 2012

The three kale plants which went in a few weeks ago to feed me over the winter are still growing. However, as an experiment, I put a cloche over two of them in the hope they would grow a little faster especially if the weather turned very cold. I now find that the outdoor, exposed plant is growing better than the cossetted ones. The reason seems to be because the slugs appreciate the shelter I unwittingly gave them under the cloche. Slugs and slug eggs are in the soil. To encourage the slugs more, I have (as far as they are concerned) supplied them with a kale plant in each cloche! I now know kale is hardy enough to carry on growing in the open even during a mild winter – without the mixed blessing of a cloche. So off with the cloches which will be used later on in the spring to greater success with other plants I hope. Another cloche did help me get a continuous good harvest of outdoor parsley so you win some , you lose some!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hi there,

    Glad you like the kitchen gardening blog. I regret no facility for guest writers but always welcome your comments which others can read too.

    Good growing,

    Trevor

    Reply

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